On Tuesday, Nov 7, 2018, voters from across the country took to the polls and it has become clear: the politics of guns has shifted. Mass shooting after mass shooting has left an indelible mark on Americans, and this explains the success of gun sense candidates in the midterms. This year, people ran on gun safety and won. Candidates committed to gun safety ran for office at all levels of government and we saw some encouraging wins across the board.
Gun control proponents picked up seats in House midterm races as gun rights advocates lost ground. Based on House voting records tracked by the National Rifle Association, more than two dozen gun rights proponents won’t be returning to Congress. Meanwhile, House Democrats expanded the number of gun control advocates in their caucus. The new majority includes dozens of candidates who support gun control.
NRA had a bad year. Their grades used to be king maker. Not anymore. #thoughtsandprayers to all who got defeated.
While the election provided gun control advocates with additional momentum, enacting controls on weapons or ammunition will remain an uphill battle with a GOP-controlled Senate. Still, House Democrats are already promising to take action on gun control after a recent string of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Those measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats retake control after eight years of Republican rule.